UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is hours away from an opportunity few ever felt he would see, facing Junior dos Santos for a likely crack at the divisional strap in a co-headlining clash at UFC 160. However, while Hunt’s camp ran smoothly leading up to the bout, the final leg of his preparation hit a speed bump after the Kiwi’s visa was held up due to an old arrest. The ensuing issues kept Hunt from traveling to the United States until late last weekend instead of well in advance to help adjust to the time difference.
Though things may not have been ideal, Hunt made it clear he won’t use the situation as a crutch, telling MMAJunkie he didn’t want to dwell on a situation he couldn’t control and can’t change.
“This is the biggest fight for me, but it’s just another fight at the end of the day. Of course, this is the moment for me. And of course, we talk about acclimatizing. But I’m not going to use it as an excuse if I lose. I’m not going to use any excuse. I’m not that kind of fighter or person,” explained Hunt. “I just had to keep training because I knew I was going to get here at the end. For me, it was a matter of how much time I’d have to get used to this time (change). What are you going to say? There was nothing I could do about it – I was just in limbo, waiting. So I’d go home and I can’t do anything about it. You’re talking about the U.S. government.”
Hunt has certainly overcome adversity before, agreeing to compete in the UFC to honor an old contract instead of accepting his release as the company initially intended. He has since gone on to post a 4-1 mark including four straight wins as well as knockouts of Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve.